LaSata announces COVID-19 diagnosis

Senator remains asymptomatic

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, on Friday announced she was informed Thursday evening that she tested positive for COVID-19 during a recent routine medical checkup:

“When I was informed that I am positive for COVID-19, I couldn’t believe it. I had not experienced any symptoms prior to receiving a test administered during a routine, scheduled medical checkup, and I remain asymptomatic. Since I had no knowledge that I was exposed to the virus and experienced no symptoms, I attended Senate session and committee hearings as normal on Thursday.

“Upon my diagnosis, I began informing individuals I had been in close contact with and decided to inform my constituents and the public as well to reinforce that COVID-19 is in our community. It is real and can infect anyone.

“Throughout the pandemic, our hospitals and front-line health care workers have asked us all to take personal responsibility by washing our hands frequently, socially distancing and wearing a mask — even if you don’t think you need one. I have done my best to adhere to these recommendations.

“When this pandemic began, I sewed masks for my family and we wear them to protect ourselves and those most vulnerable. Let’s not forget COVID-19 is serious and can be deadly. Keep your guard up. Look out for each other.”

If you have questions about the coronavirus or need help finding a testing site, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/coronavirus.